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John DeMont: Taking the long view on defacing of Land of Mi’kmaq sign – SaltWire Network

by ahnationtalk on February 7, 202022 Views

When I asked Dan Paul the Mi’kmaq elder, historian and author about the “NS Needs Mills” graffiti that someone had scrawled across the sign near Amherst welcoming people to the land of the Mi’kmaq, I thought I could hear him sigh, in the manner of someone who had been asked a question one-too-many times.

“So what’s new,” he said over the phone.

And then he proceeded to tell me a few things that, sort of, were.

If, for example, a couple of decades ago, someone had told the author of We Were Not the Savages that Nova Scotia, in 2020, would have a Mi’kmaq senator, Dan Christmas, and an aboriginal member of Parliament, Jaime Battiste, he would have laughed and laughed.

As Paul would have if someone had predicted that the day would come when Edward Cornwallis’s name was no longer affixed to a school, or church in the city that he settled — and his statue, once heroically displayed in a downtown park, would sit in ignominious storage.

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